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Associate Degree Nurse Program Admission Guidelines

PBHS Nurse Application Updates

  • Due to ongoing issues with the CNA testing platform, a CNA license is not required for acceptance to the nursing program.
  • Students must have completed the initial series of the COVID-19 vaccine, and boosted when eligible, prior to final acceptance to the Nursing program.

Besides completing all necessary preadmissions requirements outlined by the Nursing Departments’ Admissions Guidelines, there are two options to successfully complete the Biology requirement for this application period.

OPTION 1 - Complete BIOL-2201, with a C or better.

OPTION 2 - Complete BIOL-1010 with a C or better and Complete BIOL-1020 with a C or better.

Note: A&P2 is not a pre-requisite course, but is a program requirement and must be completed successfully to move on to semester 2 nursing courses. You may choose to complete A&P2 prior to entrance into the Nursing Program, if desired. A&P1 and A&P2 are limited to two attempts. The transfer of Anatomy and Physiology courses is subject to approval by the CCRI Biology Department Chairperson.

*The Biology Department at CCRI will determine which college/university courses are equivalent.


Students interested in taking the nursing pre-admission HESI A-2 exam for the ADN and PN programs in preparation for the upcoming admission period should send an email to the advising department at: [email protected]. Students should schedule the exam at least 3 business days prior to the application deadline. Students should complete the pre-requisite courses prior to taking the pre-admission exam.

Transferring Courses

Students who are transferring in courses to CCRI from another college should allow 14 business days for transcript review.

ADN RN License Disclosure

In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, CCRI hereby discloses only that the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Rhode Island. The applicable licensing board in Rhode Island may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license, we encourage you to investigate those requirements. CCRI has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in any other states or territories and we encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory at  prior to accepting an offer of admission at CCRI.

Please refer to BCI Policy before applying